Sydney Comedy Festival: Smart Casual, Tom Loud, Felicity Ward, Sammy J & Randy

Last week I spoke to an assortment of performers who will be appearing at the Sydney Comedy Festival which kicks off next Tuesday. I asked them about their festival experiences so far in 2012, what they look forward to while they’re in Sydney, their favourite shows from other people they’ve seen so far, and what they’ll be up to for the rest of the year.


Broken Dreams

Broken Dreams

Sydney Comedy Festival
DATES: 9 30pm, Apr 26-28
VENUE: The Seymour Centre

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Half-brothers Ben and Nick Mattick (aka Fletcher Jones and Roger David) have been having a great time at the Adelaide and Melbourne comedy festivals, but are looking forward to coming home to Sydney for their shows at the Seymour Centre. Ben mentioned looking forward to using his own washing machine again, especially.
GFI: I believe you’ve added a few new elements to your show this year.
Ben: We wanted to have something for everyone, so the show is now multimedia with funny videos, some variety bits, and of course we still sing our songs. There are new songs!
GFI: What other shows have you enjoyed seeing at the festivals so far?
Ben: Martin Dockery, Dr Brown, Xavier Michelides, Wes snelling, Ali McGregor’s Cabaret, Haus Party with Die Roten Punkte
Nick: New Art Club, Xavier Michelides, Martin Dockery, Siberian Husky (I loved the name so much I just had to see the show, and it was great).
GFI: What do you look forward to most in Sydney?
Both: Just being back home and seeing all our friends and family, getting our feet back on the ground.
GFI: And after Sydney Comedy Festival, what next?
Ben: Later in the year we’ll be doing the MICF Roadshow tour of Western Australia, which we’re really looking forward to, those wide open landscapes we haven’t seen before.
GFI: You’ve done previous Roadshows, I believe?
Nick: Yes, we love rolling up to a town which doesn’t see much comedy and playing for such excited audiences.
GFI: And what about shenanigans on the tour bus with the other comedians? I’ve heard stories.
Ben: There really isn’t room for too many shenanigans in a Tarago.


Hot Dub Time Machine

Hot Dub Time Machine

SYDNEY – ONE NIGHT ONLY
DATES: 11 30pm, Apr 28
VENUE: Virgin Mobile Metro Theatre

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Tom Loud’s Hot Dub Time Machine was a smash late-night hit at the Adelaide Festival, and he’s bringing it to Sydney for one night only. Using a mix of spinning discs, wild video show and virtual party hostess, he takes the dancing crowd back through time to 1955 and brings them forward to the present day one decade of musical hits at a time, each with its own special dance steps.
GFI: So what is the best thing people tell you that they like about your shows?
Tom: That it’s a place to really let your hair down, and performers and punters mix it up with VIPs on the dance floor. Definitely the best chance to pash a comedian, if that’s what you’re after!
GFI: Come pash a comedian – great tagline…
Tom: I wanted to have it in the advertising for Adelaide but the festival said no.
GFI: So what would be a more festival-approved bit of blurb?
Tom: A multi-media extravaganza where you never know who you’ll be dancing next to, or how extreme their dance moves are going to be.
GFI: That’s certainly painting a picture for me! What’s the favourite part of the show for you?
Tom: Just watching how much fun people have camping it up on the dance floor, and also I get to play all these great venues where I’ve seen some of my favourite bands.
GFI: What do you look forward to most in Sydney?
Knowing that music legends have played the same room – that just puts a great big grin on my face.


The Hedgehog Dilemma

The Hedgehog Dilemma

Sydney Comedy Festival

DATES: 7 30pm, May 1-5  SELLING FAST!!!
VENUE: Yalumba Wine Bar @ The Enmore Theatre<

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Since we had our chat, Felicity Ward’s 2012 festival show has just been nominated for the MICF’s prestigious Barry Award, after generating much buzz since the first week it was seen at the Adelaide Fringe. Felicity opens up her heart for The Hedgehog Dilemma, exploring themes of loneliness, longing; keeping others at a distance or letting them close; when combined with her usual deft characterisations, sharp wit and love of occasional silliness it’s an experience not to be missed.
GFI: So, remembering some advice you tweeted for other comics a few weeks ago, are you managing to eat enough veges during MICF?
Felicity: I’m trying, really I am, but it’s too easy to just have another pie instead. But when I can I get something vegetarian or grab some fresh fruit, otherwise I start to feel a bit rough.
GFI: How have you generally found the festivals so far?
Felicity: This year has seemed very positive, with audiences ready to come out and see shows and just get into it. In Melbourne at the moment the media coverage of MICF has been extremely thorough, with lots of lesser-known acts getting reviewed by both major Melbourne papers, this has been really good for the performers. Everybody’s getting bigger audiences.
GFI: What acts did you particularly enjoy at this year’s Aussie festivals?
Felicity: I haven’t had the chance to see too many with the time that my show is on, but I really liked New Art Club, Anne Edmonds, Celia Pacquola and Sam Simmons.
GFI: What do you look forward to most in Sydney?
Felicity: I’ll have the chance to see some people’s shows I’ve missed so far – really looking forward to that.
GFI: Where else will you be taking the show after Sydney?
Felicity: Over to the Perth Comedy Festival later in May, then on to the Edinburgh Fringe in August. It’s a big year!


Sammy J & Randy in The Inheritance

Sammy J & Randy in The Inheritance

Sydney Comedy Festival
NEW DATE ADDED THU MAY 3
DATES: 7 30pm, Thu May 3/ Fri May 4/ Sat May 5
VENUE: The Virgin Mobile Metro (624 George St, Sydney)

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Sammy J and Randy have co-starred in shows for quite some time now, written jointly by Sammy and Heath McIvor, Randy’s puppeteer. This year’s show sees the odd duo navigate the perils and pitfalls of inheriting a fortune and a title. Sammy J was also part of the ensemble cast for the live-action silent movie Tie Her To The Tracks, which has been nominated for MICF’s Golden Gibbo award.
GFI: There was a bit of fuss the other week where some folks didn’t read the 15+ age recommendation on tickets, and were upset that their children experienced the very-adult humour of the show.
Sammy J: Yes. Just because this show stars a puppet doesn’t mean that it’s for little kids. The tickets and posters are clear on the 15+.
GFI: Although some younger kids might well love the swearing and sex-talk, but their parents mightn’t be quite ready to discover that about their offspring yet.
Sammy J: Very true.
GFI: So how’s your MICF going otherwise?
Sammy J: Very well, we’re filling the house and having a great show bouncing off the audience reaction.
GFI: And you’re both doing separate stuff – Sammy J with Tie Her to the Tracks, and Randy’s been hosting some late-night shows?
Heath: The late-night shows are huge fun, everybody just wants to relax and laugh and party.
Heath: It’s interesting adjusting to different venues, sometimes the tweaks you have to make for different stages generate new ideas for how to make things even funnier, and then we keep them.
Sammy J: I was sad that we had such a short run with Tie Her To The Tracks, in such a small room, but we all had a great time doing it.
GFI: Do you think you might do it again for the Melbourne Fringe?
Sammy J: that’s certainly a possibility.
GFI: Whose shows have you enjoyed around the festivals this year?
Sammy J: Kate McLennan, Man-Date
Heath: Man Date, Smart Casual, Adam Kangas
GFI: What do you look forward to most in Sydney?
Heath: we’re performing in a bigger venue this year, mostly because Sydney’s got to know us a bit better with doing a few more telly gigs lately, so that’s exciting.
Sammy: it’s nice to see the Sydney Festival growing, with more acts around and seeing people turning up to just see a few shows all on the same night, and maybe not deciding until that very night what they’re going to see. They’re starting to get the idea.
GFI: And where to after Sydney?
Both: Perth and Edinburgh.

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